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Thailand ranked first place in the new Global Beachfront Awards that recognise countries with the most accommodation located directly on the beach.

In a poll carried out by the Beachfront Club, Thailand came ahead of many of the world’s best-known seaside destinations with an amazing 1,270 true beachfront hotels, resorts and bungalows where guests can step from their hotels and onto the sand.

The Global Beachfront Awards recognise countries with the most true beachfront hotels; that is, accommodation with no obstructions or roads between guest areas and the beach itself. The Awards were established to publicise hotels where travellers and beach lovers can enjoy a true beachside setting and not feel they have been subjected to false advertising about beach-side locations.

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Lesley Simpson, South Africa’s Tourism Authority of Thailand said, “With their warm waters, soft sands and stunning, romantic backdrops, Thailand’s beaches have always been a major draw for tourists looking to enjoy a little piece of tropical paradise. So it comes as no surprise to anyone that the kingdom is making waves internationally.”

In addition, one of Thailand’s most popular islands of Ko Samui won the Global Beach Destination Award, which recognises single destinations that have the most beach-side accommodation. With 270 properties right on the sand, Ko Samui beat some of the world’s best-known destinations.

The Beachfront Club was established to help travellers find and experience true beachfront hotels and tourism. Their interactive website with maps and extensive database aims to register every proper beachfront property in the world.

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